The State of the Climate in the Pacific Northwest: The Role of Individuals and Investors in Climate Action

October 10, 2019, 6-8PM, Multnomah Arts Center - Room 7

Join Seattle-based climate strategist Kathy Washienko (AB ’90), Climate Solutions’ Oregon Director Meredith Connolly, and Trillium Vice President Brianna Murphy for a panel discussion on the latest on climate change and environmental advocacy.  What solutions are advancing nationwide – and specifically in OR and WA? Who’s working to block progress? How can individuals and investors advance climate progress? 


Kathy Washienko


Kathy earned a BA at Harvard College (’90) and an MPH at the University of Michigan, before working as a public health researcher in HIV prevention at the University of Washington. While she's had a longtime commitment to ecological stewardship, she kicked her engagement up several notches after seeing "An Inconvenient Truth." As a Senior Partner for Climate Strategies with DC-based consultancy Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions, she spearheaded an effort to create effective, research-based climate messaging materials ( and helped organize political donors to call for bolder national climate leadership.  She is currently working on efforts to advance the field of soil carbon sequestration, including helping develop a guide for philanthropists and impact investors.

She serves on the Board of Climate Solutions and Washington Women for Climate Action Now, has been a longtime member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, served on Seattle’s Green Ribbon Commission, co-founded two local “green teams” and is a member of Element 8, a clean-tech angel investor group. She is raising two teenage daughters and, while she'd be doing this work with or without kids, she feels especially committed to it because of them.


Meredith Connolly


As a Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions advances local, regional, and national action on climate and clean energy through championing transformational policies and market-based innovations and catalyzing powerful partnerships. As Oregon Director, Meredith develops, advocates for and implements clean energy and climate change policies and programs to accelerate Oregon’s transition to a clean energy, low-carbon economy. She previously worked as a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council where she advanced policies for deploying renewable energy, creating clean energy jobs and increasing energy efficiency in the U.S. and internationally. Meredith holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University.


Brianna Murphy


Brianna is a Vice President and member of Trillium’s Shareholder Advocacy team and joined Trillium in 2010. Brianna’s responsibilities include engaging companies on environmental, social, and governance issues and public policy advocacy. Prior to Trillium she was a Portfolio Administrator at US Bank in Trust Services.
Brianna earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and an ALM in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University Extension School. She previously served on Bentley University’s Sustainability Advisory Board and was Board Treasurer of the IGLTA Foundation.



6:00PM - 8:00PM Thu 10 Oct 2019, Pacific timezone


Multnomah Arts Center - Room 7
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

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